The Tom Cobley Tavern is a traditional public house nestled in the pretty village of Spreyton .…
The Tom Cobley Tavern
“Fabulous views and a huge range of ales”
Close to the village green in this village of cob and thatch cottages, guests in the tree-shaded beer garden here can enjoy views across to the distant moors of northern Dartmoor. It was from this pub one day in 1802 that Thomas Cobley and his companions set forth for Widecombe Fair, an event immortalised in song; his cottage still stands in the village. The inn's unspoilt main bar has a roaring log fire, cushioned settles, and benefits from a stillage where an impressive selection of casks of Devon microbrewery beers are always on tap. Being a firmly traditional Devon pub, there are draught ciders here too, all served from the unusual thatched bar. Time-honoured hearty English fare is the mainstay of the menus, and there's a particularly strong suite of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Chicken, ham, leek and tarragon pie; steak and ale pie; or steak and kidney suet pudding give a flavour of the home-cooked dishes here.
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With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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